Food as Medicine: Nutritional Approaches to Common Conditions (On-Demand)

In the 20th century, the burden of disease shifted more dramatically than any other period of documented human history -- and so too did the food system. As diets shifted from locally-sourced and freshly-prepared to globally-sourced and industrially-processed, disease shifted from acute and infectious to chronic and lifestyle-induced. In this session, Dr. Slater will discuss general tenets of nutrition and specific medicinal foods to improve health and reduce disease. The session will begin with practical comparisons of different types of fats, carbohydrates, and proteins, as well as their food sources. Dr. Slater will then discuss the clinical utility, active constituents, and dosing considerations of common medicinal foods, such as tea, turmeric, garlic, and pepper.

Learning Objectives:

  • Contrast the metabolic and systemic effects of specific macronutrients (e.g., medium- vs. long- chain saturated fats; omega-3 vs. omega-6 vs. omega-9 unsaturated fats; simple vs. complex vs. intact carbohydrates; plant vs. animal protein) and their food sources.
  • Relate the clinical effects of common medicinal foods (e.g., tea; turmeric; garlic; black pepper; cruciferous vegetables; etc.) to their active constituents (e.g., catechins, L-theanine; curcumin; allicin; piperine; glucosinolates; etc.).
  • Describe dosing considerations for common medicinal foods (preparation method; bioavailability; interactions; etc.).




Rob Slater, MD, MPH


Dr. Rob Slater is a family and integrative medicine physician who earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas in Austin, a Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, and a Master of Public Health from the University of Texas School of Public Health. Dr. Slater completed his residency training in family medicine at Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program in Houston, Texas. Following this, he completed a fellowship in Integrative and Behavioral Medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, then became an assistant professor at UTMB.

Dr. Slater is passionate about incorporating lifestyle and integrative approaches to health into medical education. In 2019, Dr. Slater joined the newly-founded osteopathic medical school at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, and is currently serving as Unit Director for GI, Nutrition and Appetite (Unit 5) and Circulation, Respiration and Regulation (Unit 6).


1 AOA Category 1-A credit


$25 for TOMA and TXACOFP members; $35 for non-members


We know schedules get hectic and things happen. Approximately 1 week after the live session, an on-demand recording will be available.